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federal_courthouse_miami-300x225U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg announced this month that the Southern District of Florida, working with partner agencies, collected $232,327,657 in asset forfeiture actions during the 2017 fiscal year.

Moreover, Greenberg’s office collected $81,953,065.05 in criminal and civil actions. Of that amount, $57,410,683.40 was collected in criminal actions and $24,542,381.65 was collected in civil actions, the press release said.

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snapchat_round_2_florida-300x169Two South Florida girls were ordered to serve 21 days of house arrest Friday after allegedly threatening to shoot up their school.

According to authorities, a 12-year-old girl who attends Nova Middle School was arrested Thursday after writing a note threatening to shoot up her school. Investigators said the student placed the note under the assistant principal’s office door.

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Nikolas-Cruz-169x300Nikolas Cruz, the suspected shooter in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward that killed 17 and left several more injured, is being charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Cruz is being held without bond and has been kept separate from other inmates for his own safety. He is also required to wear a black suicide prevention vest, as authorities think he might be a suicide risk. Cruz is represented by an attorney from the Broward Public Defender’s Office.

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mcveighsutton-1-300x224With all of the controversy revolving around civil asset forfeiture in recent years, support for such policies is hard to find. In fact, any story that mentions the policies is almost sure to talk about a grave injustice has been done to the victim of the forfeiture.

To be sure, the actual of examples of abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws are plentiful. However, that does not stop proponents of civil asset forfeiture from remaining adamant that the laws are an overall good for society. An Alabama District Attorney and an Alabama Sheriff are the latest to speak out in defense of civil asset forfeiture, which comes as the Alabama Legislature begins considering legislation that would drastically change the way civil asset forfeitures are handled in Alabama in favor of civilians. Continue reading

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fatherson-hit-and-run-300x200Father and son Jose Eduardo Cepeda Luna, 57, and Cesar Eduardo Cepeda, 34, were killed on the morning of February 9 in a hit-and-run crash on the Turnpike in northwest Miami-Dade.

According to FHP investigators, Cesar Cepeda was driving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup east on SR-836 when he lost control and crashed into a guardrail.

Stranded on the side of the highway, Cepeda called his father, who arrived shortly after in a Chevrolet Equinox. Investigators believe the two men were outside their vehicles when a Chevrolet Camaro hit them.

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